Monday, April 26, 2010
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
When you mess with karma, karma messes back.
Maddy has a pretty good idea how karma works - you do good things, good things will happen to you in return and vice versa. But when she catches her boyfriend kissing popular girl Heather, nothing happens to him; instead he get a hot new girlfriend! Maddy decides to take matters into her own hands and starts the Karma Club with her two friends Jade and Angie. They are determined to right the wrongs the universe has forgotten and get payback for all the bad things guys have done to them. But when karma takes control and unfortunate things start happening to Maddy, she'll have to figure out how to balance the universe again.
I enjoyed The Karma Club. It was a quick read, but I really liked the concept of it. Karma is something a lot of people believe in, and yet it doesn't pop up in young adult literature (or popular culture in general) too often. I wonder why that is? I don't know if it's real, but I definitely like the idea of karma - who doesn't want to be rewarded for the good things they do? Obviously, we know the world doesn't keep perfect score but that's okay. At first in The Karma Club, Maddy thinks that karma is taking a vacation and decides to do bad things to the people that have done bad things to her and her friends. This sounds a little like revenge, but Maddy is a likable enough character that you sympathize with her. And some of the plots they come up with are hilarious. But as bad things start happening to Maddy, she realizes that you can't go after the bad people, you just have to make sure you do good things. It was a really positive message, how you can only control your actions and even though karma isn't perfect, it's not an excuse to not help others. By the end of the book, Maddy is a regular Mother Teresa. I thought that it was awesome that such a light-hearted book as The Karma Club came with a message so deep and almost profound. It's actually thought-provoking, believe it or not. I think The Karma Club is fun book if you want some laughs, or are looking for something to give you a new perspective on life. And those books are hard to come by.
7 out of 10.
Release Date: April 27, 2010
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FTC: This book was provided to me through the Henry Holt InGroup review program.